The 40-year-old physicist Immanuel Bloch is to be honoured for his groundbreaking work in the field of quantum simulation with ultracold atoms. In his experiments, Immanuel Bloch creates a microscopic "light crystal" from laser beams in whose "optical lattices" ultracold atoms are trapped. This quantum simulator serves as a model for the examination of fundamental quantum mechanics processes in materials such as metals.
With a quantum simulator, theoretical models of the structure of solids can be monitored accurately, among other things. Furthermore, it facilitates experiments under extreme, previously unattainable conditions in the laboratory. These insights can help in the future to develop materials with tailored quantum properties - such as new superconductors which can conduct electricity without loss.
His research opens up promising fields of application ranging from the material sciences to the realisation of a quantum computer. Immanuel Bloch has been the Scientific Director at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics since 2008 and also Professor of Quantum Optics at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich since 2009.
Having studied physics in Bonn and conducted research at Stanford University, Immanuel Bloch obtained his PhD at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) working under Theodor Hänsch, who went on to win the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Immanuel Bloch will present his research work on September 5th at 4 p.m. in a Körber Lecture on the subject "Probing Quantum Matter Atom-by-Atom in Artificial Crystals of Light" at the University of Hamburg.
The Körber Prize is being presented this year for the 29th time. It annually honours outstanding scientists working in Europe. The prize is awarded to excellent and innovative research projects that show great potential for possible application and international impact. Search Committees made up of experts from all over Europe look for suitable candidates on which a Trustee Committee chaired by Prof. Dr. Peter Gruss, President of the Max Planck Society, decides.